Data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows married couples have found themselves in a new position: They're no longer the majority.
It's a trend that's been creeping along for decades, but in the 2010 Census, married couples represent 48 percent of all households. That's down from 52 percent in the last Census and, for the first time in U.S. history, puts households led by married couples as a plurality.
The flip in the 2010 Census happened in 32 states. In another seven states, less than 51 percent of households were helmed by married couples.
The reason, said Portland State University demographer Charles Rynerson, is twofold: The fast-growing older population is more likely to be divorced or widowed later in life, and 20-somethings are putting off their nuptials for longer stretches.
"People in their 20s are postponing marriage for many reasons, including money," Rynerson said. "We also have an aging population, so there's more people living alone."
Fears of not being able to hang onto a job, a widening labor market for women and a shift away from having kids at a young age have all proved to be a disincentive for people in their 20s and early 30s to join the ranks of the married.
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is anyone surprised by this trend?
I'm not surprised by the trend, but may be a little disappointed. I wonder how man more years until marriage is obsolete altogether. Living together, having children together without marriage is common place it seems. I'm feeling very old, and old-fashioned.
In between was a housing ponzi lending scam that killed mainstreet and robbed trillions of dollars of wealth for the banksters who caused it. Add to that every market and commodity manipulated to cause mainstreet to pay in excess and you have family failure as a likely scenario.
I've lived with two woman all my adult life.
I never been married. Don't believe in it.
Some of us aren't 'putting off' nuptials, we don't plan to have any. Across recorded history about 10-20% of females never marry. The only difference is that how we can have our own domicile.
For those seeing this as being bad for marriage, recent data also shows marriages are more committed and lasting longer than those of a few decades ago.
of course there have and always will be, illegally "married" couples...
I believe in that trend and I also believe that we are following a European trend of demographic transition.
I am surprised at this statistic. I know in Britain this has been the situation for many years, with 75% of children born to either unmarried couples or single mothers, but it would show that America will soon be catching us up.
Many of you seem to be assuming that households are made up of only married and unmarried couples. What about students, singles, other relatives, communes, nunneries, etc etc. Households are not just places to make babies.
Some people are in a domestic relationship but never get married. Besides, with such a high divorce rate, it might be smarter that way.
This is actually quite funny.
It makes no difference at all, simply because there are not as many people living in a household(apartment or house) as there was.
Homelessness continues to rise, which also breaks up families and marriages.
However, it is a prime example of the level of distortion happening within America's society as a whole.
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